This may just be me, but I can’t seem to recall a year in my life speeding through as fast at 2014. Monthly favourites have landed again ,June has been strange in the way that I have purchased some amazing new products but my favourites this month have been old timers.

The Hair: I have long since been a fan of the Provoke ‘Touch of Silver’ brightening shampoo as no other drugstore toner works quite as effective as this one does.
I have been using a pea size amount of this in with my everyday shampoo the John Frieda ‘Go Blonder’ and I have noticed not only is my blonde super refreshed but my roots look  more blended and toned also.

The Face: This may be of no surprise to you to see Mac - Mineralize Skin Finish in ‘Soft and Gentle’ in Junes monthly favourites as I can 100% say that it is worth every penny of the £22 price tag to buy this. If you want to read more about my thoughts on it, check out [THIS POST]

The Teeth: Although I have my teeth whitened, I drink a hell of a lot of tea and my teeth over time can become very stained. I like to use this Oral B ’3D white’ toothpaste twice a day as it is a real stain buster and makes your teeth super, super sparkly and white within two days. 

The Hair: Two haircare loves in one month? Naughty, I know but I just had to include the Vo5 ‘Smoothly does it’ heat protectant, anti frizz serum. I find that my hair doesn’t last frizz free for as long if I use anything else. I have a post all about this [HERE]

The Lips: For the longest time I have been ‘off’ lipgloss. The stickyness, the gloop, the high shine finish just wasn’t for me until I rediscovered this little beauty from Barry M. The muted ‘your lips but better’ shade is the perfect nude, the finish is no sticky, smooth and conditioning I love to wear this on a day to day basis.

Which products have you been loving this month?
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My week through Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie Catch up drinks in Fernandes | Loving Dawn O'Porters new show | Pre leaving drinks | Yorkshire tea for a Yorkshire gal | Packing | My lovely Grandad | My new place! | Surprisingly good | LOVING Re watching The Hills

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It feels like forever since I first had the confirmation that I had landed a placement in London for the summer.
It has felt like even longer since last Saturday when my friend and I toasted a new adventure.

Well, i'm here now complete with a central London postcode and a job starting Monday morning, I have to say I am freaking out, but in a good way.

There is something about my miniature apartment that makes me feel safe, yes it's super tiny but perfect for one with every mod con you could think of, my favourite part has to be on a night time with the window open, listening to London buzz below and the trains rocketing into Waterloo and London Bridge stations.

This week of course I spent a lot of time with family and friends as I won't see them for a little while and I have a had a lovely time.

Today I have a busy day ahead with a meeting this afternoon so I am going to have a lazy morning (probably making pancakes.) and reading the new Marie Claire.

'Till next week



After my love affair began with the ‘Maybelline ‘False Lash Effect’ mascara I found it hard to believe that another mascara could ever pip it to the post.
(FYI: Full review of that mascara coming up next week on GGMH)

I did however want to scout the drugstore for a much more affordable alternative.

I don’t think that I have found a competitor to dupe the ‘False Lash Effect’ but I have found that the NYC ‘Big, bold, curl’ mascara is a very good match when it comes to producing similar results.

If you want bold, fluttery lashes then this is your guy, my only critical comment would be that this mascara requires a little control as the formula is very wet and with such a large applicator a little bit of upper lashline mess can occur if you’re not careful.

For £2.99 I highly recommend this mascara, especially if you want dramatic lashes and plenty of volume, I like to use a smaller, lengthening wand to create the length in my lashes before fanning them out with the big, bold curl mascara.

Which mascara do you recommend to try?



I have spoken endlessly about my frizzy hair and my constant battle to combat the frizz post wash.
After having a clear out of my haircare products I came across an unopened tube of the VO5 ‘Smoothly does it’ anti frizz serum/heat protectant hybrid.

I like how you don’t have to use an anti frizz serum and a heat protectant so for people with thinner hair or hair more prone to becoming greasy this is ideal as you aren’t overloading your hair with product.

You apply the creamy product to damp hair and it distributes nicely, and leaves your hair neither dry or greasy just obviously frizz free!

Which products do you use to combat frizz?
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The fake tan bug has really bitten be again since the sun has poked its head out from behind the clouds.
I have recently really being enjoying my new tanning routine which consists of all drugstore products (available at Bodycare, Home Bargains and Wilko all under the £5 price point.)

I start by exfoliating my skin using a mitten and the Sunkissed exfoliating tan remover.
Back in the day I would always skip this important part out of laziness but I find not only do I get a more even tan, but it also lasts longer.

I then use my loyal favourite tan, the St Moriz medium tanning mousse with a tanning mitten.
I usually apply two or three layers to gain a deep, tan as sometimes the medium variant doesn’t offer enough colour with just one application.

And finally, to maintain my colour, I use the Sunkissed, medium gradual tanning moisturiser. This distributes a little colour to my tan to keep it not only fresh and glowy but also keeps my skin moisturised to prevent drying/flakey skin!

Which fake tan products do you use?



I have never had a huge bedroom and have always been savvy with space, if you read [THIS POST] you will have already seen what my old childhood bedroom looked like however, as you know if you read my ‘moving house’ post, my parents are renting until their house is built and completed.
The room that I am keeping my things in until I head off to London is even smaller than my small room at my old house, there is only enough room for a bed really but I have come up with ways to save space whilst keeping all my bits and bobs available and tidy.

I figuired that this post might be helpful to anybody else with a lack of space / people that are only in a small space temporarily i.e if you’re at uni or like me moving house...again.

Instead of having bulky wardrobes to store my clothes, I have a rail which not only do I think looks quirky but it also allows me to see what I actually have and what I want to wear.
Admitedly, not all of my clothes can be stored on the rail and there is a lot of my stuff in storage but my essential items can be hung and as you can see from the picture’s I managed to get a lot on there.
Underneath are my favourite shoes which are housed on a little shelf.

Other ways to save space I have found come in the form of tall (not wide) chest of drawers , over door hooks and also underbed storage which is amazing for bulky items that you need hidden away.

Even though I won’t be in this space for long it is really cosy and nice to have my little personal touches around me.

Do you have any tips and tricks for saving space?
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If you saw yesterday’s post you will know that last week I had a little spree in MAC.
Since discovering amazing drugstore alternatives to my favourite MAC  products I haven’t really had any high end makeup in my everyday collection.

Call it madness but I had a sudden urge to add some high end make-up essentials to my everyday routine, starting with an old favourite foundation of mine. Studio Fix fluid.

As soon as I took off the lid of the foundation I was transported back to being 16 again when I bought my first bottle, the scent of this product is certainly distinctive.

This foundation is perfect for girls like me who have oily/combination skin who like a medium to buildable full coverage.

I purposely told the make-up artist that I had never been colour matched before to see if my usual NW20 shade had changed,. I am NW20 without fake tan as I like to bronze my foundation up if I am wearing my tan rather than having a super dark foundation. My pink toned skin matched perfectly with NW20 again so I was happy that my shade was familiar.

Admitedly I won’t be continuously re purchasing this foundation as it burns a severe hole in your pocket but for an occasional foundation it is perfect however, I had my old bottle 10 months before it came to an end and that was with everyday use!

The lasting power of this foundation even without primer is amazing, you can get hours of wear out of it without touch ups.

Have you tried ‘Studio Fix Fluid'?
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A few years ago when this blogging malarkey was merely a sparkle in our eyes and nowhere near as crazy as it is now, there was one product in particular that was the ‘collection ‘lasting perfection concealer’ of its day.
Allow me to reintroduce you all to ‘Soft and Gentle’ - a mineralise skin finish from MAC.

I missed the boat the first time around and never gave the product any more thought until now.
After having a little browse at the MAC counter based in Liverpool’s  Harvey Nicholls ‘beauty bazaar’ the make-up artist applied a little ‘soft and gentle’ to my cheek bones.

The product is essentially a highlighter, but a beautiful one at that it gives you a healthy glow that makes you look dewy and radiant.

I like to apply the powder with a large fan brush concentrating some product under the arch of my brow also.

At over £20 it is an expensive treat but as a budget beauty lover I do believe it is worth it, I haven’t come across any drugstore alternative to ‘Soft and Gentle’ and some of my fellow #bbloggers have informed me that they haven’t hit pan or even made a dent in the product even after a year! 

Have you ever tried Soft and Gentle?



My week through Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie My clothing rail | Theo | Topshop cat top | Mulberry Roxanne | Krispy Kreme donuts | A little haul | Bedside loving | Riverboats | My new organiser

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This week has been nice and steady after the madness of the last few weeks, I have enjoyed being back at home spending time with family and friends before the big adventure starts in less than a week.

I had a huge clear out in my beauty drawers since  reuniting my entire make-up collection back together. In the style of GlamLifeGuru I think a make-up graveyard post will be called for.
I have been loving the Max Factor ‘False Lash Effect’ mascara and a review will be popping up on the blog next week, the way it volumizes and lengthens the lashes is amazing, a definite rival for the hyped Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ mascara.

This week I also found out that I had passed my second year of university which made me sooo happy as I felt unconfident when I sat my exams in May. This means that the summer can be enjoyed without worrying about re sitting. To celebrate I treated myself to a Mulberry ‘Roxanne’ handbag which is something I have wanted for a very, very long time. I will be writing a more indepth post all about my new Roxy bag so keep a look out for that if you’re interested.

I can’t believe that this time next week I will be in London! I am so excited and I can’t wait to take you on my journey with me.

‘til next week.



I recently saw that Lily Pebbles and a few other bloggers have been taking part in:
The Makeup Timer Test TAG
Wooah, way too many t's for my liking there!

Anyway, seeing as though I like to get my make-up done quickly on a morning I thought that I would give it a go myself.
I must add that I wasn't in any particular hurry this morning but I applied my make-up as I would on any normal day.

Base: 04:14
 Collection 'Lasting Perfection Foundation + Concealer'
Glo Minerals Brow Duo
Maybelline 'Brow Drama'
Rimmel 'Stay Matte powder'

Face: 01:20
Bourjois 'Chocolate Box Bronzer' (Delice De Poudre)
Krylon blush in 'Glossy Rosewood'

Maybelline Colour tattoo in 'On and on bronze'
Urban Decay 'Toasted'
Eyeko liquid liner on upper lashline
MAC Blitz and Glitz gel liner on tightline/waterliner
Collection 'No Clumps' mascara

Total time: 11:54

I TAG all of you to try this - how long does it take for you to apply your make-up?



If you have been reading GGMH for quite some time you will know that Derma v10 are a brand that I rave about frequently, I think for the super, bargain budget market they are spot on with their products.

I am however sad to say that their Q10 Innovations BB Cream cannot be raved about.
Unfortunately this product just does not work for me,
As you can probably tell from the above pictures this product wouldn't work for anybody as it is far too orange and that is even in the 'light' variant.
As a BB cream this should ideally be worn on its own but unless you want to look like an Oompa Loompa this isn't possible.

I have tried to blend, blott and mix this product but I just cannot get it to work for me!
Sorry Derma V10 but this one isn't quite right!

Which BB cream do you like to wear?
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I bought this brown packet of super strength 'Henna 'n' Placenta' for £1 at a cosmetics store in Liverpool city centre.

I was sucked in by the promises of the product working miracles on extremley damaged hair
like my own.

Last week I decided to give it a go now, i'm not sure what the product means by 'placenta' and the only information I could find was that it contains placenta extract which is apparently amazing for restoring lustre, shine and life into hair.

The product itself is very runny and is applied to washed, towel dry hair.
I wrapped my hair in a plastic bag and as instructed on the packet - applied a little heat for 5 minutes.

I left the treatment on for 40 minutes before rinsing and oh my gosh this stuff is ah-mazing!
I knew that it has worked wonders when I started to blow dry my hair and the brush ran through my hair with no problems.
The real amazingness appeared when my hair was completely dry, I couldn't get over how soft, silky and healthy my hair felt and looked.

I loved the effects so much that I went back and bought another five packets to try once, weekly treatments.
Even after washing and conditioning my hair as normal my hair still feels amazingly nourished I still can't believe it.

Have you ever tried Henna 'n' Placenta on your hair?
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I realised that I hadn't written an updated a 'What's in my make-up bag?' post in a while and after living without my make-up drawer for a week and now for the foreseeable future, my make-up bag is more important than ever!

I wouldn't normally haul around all of these products in my make-up bag however, as I am going to be doing a lot of moving/travelling this summer I decided to always keep the essentials with me.
My make-up is still housed in my black, patent Harrods wash bag as it is the perfect length for storing the Urban Decay - Naked Palette and also for housing my make-up brushes.

All of my make-up is drugstore/highstreet and available at Boots and/or Superdrug.
So without further ado, I won't waffle on I shall let the pictures do the talking.

Blush  - Krylon 'Glossy Rosewood'

Top: Urban Decay - 'Toasted' | L'oreal Chrome Shadow - 'Metallic Olive'
Collection gel liner in 'Brown'
Middle: MAC Paintpot in 'Rubenesque' | Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'On and on bronze'
Bottom: MAC Fluidline gel liner in 'Blitz and Glitz

Lipstick: 'As you want Victoria' by Rimmel

Do you have any make-up bag essentials to recommend to me?
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Today I have something a little different for you as opposed to the usual beauty and fashion shenanigains.
I am talking all about my tummy (I guess there is a first for everything.)

I have been suffering from varying degrees of stomach complaints for around three years now whether it is severe indigestion everytime I so much as eat an apple or whether it is super uncomfortable bloating and stomach cramps on an evening.

After seeking some medical help for these problems I was briefly told that I may be a little sensitive to lactose and/or have a little bit of iritable bowel syndrome or IBS for short.
So I cut out milk and watched carefully what I was eating, as a student I guess that I don't have the best diet in the world, but it isn't bad, I eat a lot of fruit and vegatables, barely drink alcohol and I try to drink lots of water daily. 

My digestive problems came back in flurries and then I would go a long time with no problems.
That was until I was introduced to a product that is sold in Boots which helps to maintain digestive balance.

Ibaid* by Bimuno Prebiotics is a unique, patented formulation which has been specially developed for people looking to maintaina  healther gut.
Ibaid helps to sustain good bacteria in the gut to stregnthen the natural digestive balance.

I take two of the yummy tasting, chewable pastills everyday after breakfast and I can honestly say that after nearly a month of taking them, I don't find myself super bloated, having stomach cramps or suffering from intolerable indigestion pain at all and that is a large statement to make.

The reason I wanted to publish this post is to let you know about Ibaid incase you have similar problems, I have felt a real difference and i'm so happy because tummy ache is not fun.

Have you ever heard of Ibaid?



My hair care routine is something that stays roughly the same unless of course I change my hair colour.
As I have been blonde for 4-5 months now with no intention to change anytime soon, I have found a hair care routine that works for me.

I recently had a fair bit of hair cut off as it had stretched and become unmanagable, lifeless and unhealthy.
My hair now looks a little something like this:

(Taken from my Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie)

I start in the shower by washing my hair with John Frieda - Go Blonder - Lightening Shampoo
I love this stuff because not only does it smell fresh AND leave your hair super soft, but it also gradually lightens your blonde shade with multiple use without using bleach.
For conditioner I like to use the Pro-Voke 'Touch of silver' brand. This is a lilac based product that helps counteract yellow/brassy tones in blonde hair. I wouldn't say that this conditioner was especially strong - it takes a good few uses to see a difference but the softness of your hair after using it is incredible.
To maintain my blonde I like to pop on a toner between colourings to keep my blonde looking fresh and also to keep it the shade I like. I use the Jermoe Russell Bblonde - Champagne Blonde toner which helps maintain a beige undertone to my blonde and prevent it from turning yellow or brassy.

After my hair has been washed and conditioned I start to apply a little product when it has been towel dried thoroughly and is damp.
On the ends where my hair tends to be most dry I use the Redken Align 12 Straightening Lotion to prevent any frizz before adding a generous amount of heat protectant spray.
I am currently usng the Derma v10 - Heat Guard which you can buy in Bodycare for £1.

In terms of tools I am still using my Ionica large, cushion paddle brush along with my 'Little Hottie' hairdryer from Mark Hill.
Once my hair is dried I apply a generous amount of the Nicky Clarke 'Smooth it Over' serum to the ends of my hair before straightening to again prevent any excess frizz (bain of my life) before again applying more heat protectant and then using my Nicky Clarke - Wide Plate straighteners to create a sleek straight style with my long bob length hair.

Which products do you use to style your hair?
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My week through Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie Goodbye second year room | This wasn't lucky | Drinks with Peter | Hannah's bar Liverpool | My new room at my parents' house | Kazimier Gardens - Liverpool | Lasagne for tea | MAC goodies | Rookie error

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This week has been another hectic week and aside from working a fair amount I also had plenty of time left for fun to celebrate the end of my time in Liverpool this summer.

On Tuesday I was rather unlucky as a seagull decided to do something horrible all down my work uniform, my head and my hands, I put numbers into the Euromillions lottery draw but to no avail!

This week I said goodbye to my best friends in Liverpool until September which was quite sad but also really lovely, we had drinks in Hannah's bar and my favourite garden hangout Kazimeir Garden.

 I also went a little crazy in MAC (a haul will be appearing sometime next week) and then burnt myself to a crisp on top of Liverpool One in the sunshine.

Yesterday I made my way back to my parents' house where I had the joy of unpacking all of my stuff - living out of boxes is no fun at all.
However, it has inspired me to write a 'what's on my clothing rail?' post as I love
Is this something that you would like to see? 
Let me know in the comments below.

'Until next week.

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